State Policy Positions
State Policy Positions

Business Competitiveness

  • Support balancing the state budget through spending cuts rather than tax and fee increases.
  • Oppose increases in truck-related taxes and fees for the general fund.
  • Support aligning Minnesota’s mandatory vehicle inspection requirements with federal vehicle inspection requirements conducted by qualified inspectors.
  • Support aligning Minnesota’s mandatory vehicle inspection requirements with federal vehicle inspection requirements conducted by qualified inspectors.
  • Support eliminating laws and regulations that put the Minnesota trucking industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Education

  • Support state initiatives for truck driver and technician training.
  • Support state grants for students entering truck driver and technician training.
  • Support tax incentives to help companies train entry level and returning truck drivers and technicians.

Energy

  • Support energy policies that encourage national uniformity in diesel formulation.
  • Support the development and use of natural gas as a truck fuel.
  • Indefinitely extend the biodiesel exemption for number one diesel.

Environment

  • Support tax incentives to encourage the use of optional emission-reduction technologies.
  • Support national emission standards that are based on scientific evidence.

Highway Safety

  • Support increasing the number of parking spaces available for commercial trucks.
  • Support allowing commercial trucks to operate in all general purpose lanes.
  • Oppose different speed limits for cars and trucks.
  • Support continued development of optional, efficient and safe driver-assist technology.
  • Support limiting cell phones to hands-free only use while in a vehicle.

 

Labor

  • Support the existing statutory definition for independent contractors in the trucking industry.
  • Support aligning state prevailing wage statutes with the federal prevailing wage statutes.
  • Support the state pre-emption of local labor and employment laws to allow uniformity and competitive balance across the state.
  • Oppose efforts to mandate specific methods of pay to drivers.
  • Support labor and employment rules and policies that support the rights of both employers and employees.

Taxes

  • Support exempting the off-highway diesel fuel credit from an equivalent use tax.
  • Support eliminating the small business pass-through income tax rate of 9.85 percent.

 

Tort Reform

  • Support reducing Minnesota’s statute of limitations from 6 to 4 years.
  • Support repealing the seatbelt gag rule.
  • Support defining a tractor and trailer as a single motor vehicle for liability purposes.

Transportation Funding

  • Support increased funding to maintain and expand Minnesota's roads and bridges by dedicating general funds, maximizing bonding, and if necessary increasing the fuel tax.
  • Oppose alternative transportation funding mechanisms like tolls on existing general purpose lanes, mileage-based user fees, roadway and bridge privatization, wheelage taxes, street utility fees, and a gross receipts tax.
  • Support the constitutional dedication of any tax on transportation fuels to the state highway fund.

Vehicle Size and Weight

  • Support maintaining the maximum 53 foot trailer length.
  • Support gross vehicle weight increases to offset the added weight of emissions reduction and alternative fuel technology.
  • Support moving the artificial gross vehicle weight cap (80,000 lbs) to a gross axle weight regulation that maximizes the bridge formula and preserves infrastructure.